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1  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: How long do you practice? on: Yesterday at 02:41 PM
If you sound good when you're practicing, you're practicing the wrong stuff.

Well, that certainly makes me feel better!
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: DNC Convention - here we go again on: Yesterday at 02:37 PM
Well, he was also Mayor of Richmond and Lt. Governor in Va. This is a guy who has both executive and legislative experience. A grad of Harvard Law, years as a civil rights litigant and teacher at U of Richmond Law before being elected to the Richmond City Council. 4 years as Councilman, 4 years as mayor, 4 years as Lt. Governor, 4 years as Governor, 3 years as head of the DNC (not a feather in his cap, he was Chair during the 2010 debacle), and 4 years in the Senate. He has every bit as much, and more varied, experience as Clinton did.
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: DNC Convention - here we go again on: Yesterday at 09:51 AM

Numbers 7-8 show he will have an understanding, and ability to communicate it, of the pre-immigration conditions that brought many Hispanics to immigrate. 11 and 12 speak to his civil rights past. HE was fighting for the rights of minorities in Richmond while Trump was denying them housing and attempting to evict them so he could upscale the buildings they lived in.  Again, Kaine is not a perfect pick. But, then, neither is anyone else. He IS, however, bedrock solid. The initial response from some Republicans, before they got their talking points, is telling. He is well respectewd across the board.
4  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: A Returner's Story on: Yesterday at 08:26 AM
Check out "Advanced Flexibility Studies for the Jazz Trombonist" by Greg Waits. It focuses on "against the grain", or "fretting" exercises. It is an important aspect of facility on the horn.
5  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Trump on: Yesterday at 08:20 AM
We can only hope.....
6  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: How long do you practice? on: Yesterday at 07:57 AM
I wish I felt I was a good enough player to be comfortable with a 45 minute practice regimen. Sadly, that is all I can get in on a lot of days. I feel like that is a minimum just to maintain where I am. Improving requires more time and focused attention. I practice, something, whenever I have the time to. It's not always on the horn.
7  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Trump on: Yesterday at 07:53 AM
Just more indication how completely unfit he is for the position he is running for.
8  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: DNC Convention - here we go again on: Yesterday at 07:51 AM

Maybe I'm missing something, but his policies seem quite close to hers, and he's not that well know of a figure outside of a limited area. Other than maybe giving the home state advantage with VA, what does he bring to make it a "strong ticket"?

Well, yeah. It is, after all, her policies that will drive the election. He will be a major plus in Hispanic communities and media. His Civil Rights background will make him an excellent foil to both Trump and Pence. THere are multiple storylines in his background that give him credibility with many differing constituencies. Like I said, I wasn't particularly on board until I looked more closely. Now I like him as much as anyone she could have picked. Nobody is perfect. He has less flaws and more positives than anyone else on the list.
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: DNC Convention - here we go again on: Yesterday at 06:00 AM
I wasn't particularly happy with the Kaine pick until I really looked at who he is. He, like Clinton, is too cozy to the interests of the big banks, but I don't believe he is as hawkish as Clinton. His background in Civil Rights and missionary work in Honduras are major pluses in my view, especially when it is highly likely this election will turn on how effectively the Dems can get out the vote of minorities, especially Hispanics. Of the folks that were on her short list, I think Kaine was the best choice. THey make a strong ticket.
10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Trump on: Jul 23, 2016, 03:53PM
ONe of the few people that has had dealings with Trump who is not under a non-disclosure contract. He does nopt paint a prtty picture, but I suspect it is spot on.

11  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jul 23, 2016, 04:59AM
At the time I thought it was a joke. Well, I still think it's a joke, but it is a terribly un-funny joke, and we are all the butt of it.
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Louisiana on: Jul 23, 2016, 04:56AM
According to you guys, the alternative is just let crime be. Don't pull any cars or trucks over, and just let the drugs flow. Why bother? The drugs are heading north anyway out of Texas. Not our problem. Let the town police where the drugs land, worry about it. Who cares about the drug victims anyway.

Anarchy is the alternative.

None are so blind as those who refuse to see. Willful ignorance is killing this country. NO, the alternative is NOT "just let crime be". THat is an asininely ignorant statement. The alternative is "Reasonable Cause" and adherence to the strictures of the Constitution. Profiling is against the strictures of the Constitution which guarantees "equal protection under the law", no matter how much hateful ignorance one cares to expound.
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: GOP Convention - the gift that keeps giving on: Jul 22, 2016, 04:07PM
Romney did, even before Harry Reid made the accusation. Harry Reid even admitted afterwards that he just made it up. He laughed and said when asked, "It worked".

Rmoney released a single year's return. Not enough to get any kind of real picture of his financial reality. I still believe he was one of the Americans that took advantage of the tax amnesty a few years back.
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jul 22, 2016, 04:01PM
I have a theory.

Trump and Bill Clinton cooked the whole thing up as a joke so Hillary would win.

But the train developed its own momentum, and Trump got caught listening to his own speeches, and now he's a believer. 

Did this one about a week into Trump's primary campaign last summer........

I saw a Republican Congressman suggesting Donald Trump is a Democrat plant in the GOP Presidential field. I find that a little far fetched. The Dems are rarely that organized or smart.

That said, after 30 years of off-the-wall, cockamamie “Clinton Conspiracy” theories, I think the tin-foil hat crowd may be missing one that might actually be real. Picture this:

Donald Trump and Bill Clinton in the study of Trump’s Manhattan penthouse, brandy and cigars in hand;

DT: “I can win this thing for you.”

BC: “Yeah? How’s that?”

DT: “How do Republicans ever win an election?”

BC: “They get a bunch of people, who don’t think too deeply, to vote against their own interests.”

DT: “What if I were to peel those people off of their electorate?”

BC: “Hillary would win in a cake walk. Perot did it for me.”

Now, I obviously have no idea that a meeting like that ever took place, but, based on current events in the GOP primary field, it is entirely believable.

Over the years Trump has given massive amounts of money to the Clintons and other Democratic candidates. He has, in the past, supported such staunchly Democrat positions as Pro-Choice, Universal Health Care, and an assault weapons ban and longer waiting periods for gun sales. As late as 2008 he was a registered Democrat.

Much of Trump’s campaign rhetoric is red meat for the lunatic fringe on the right. He talks about awakening the “Silent Majority” (actually a good description of the Bernie Sanders campaign), but it is really the loud minority of the TEA Party right that he is appealing to. They truly have the fantasy they represent what the bulk of Americans believe, but, at best, they make up +/- 15% of the population.

Remember, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain were at the front of the GOP pack at this point in the last cycle. It is hard to imagine Trump maintaining the momentum he currently has at his back. But, for now, he is truly tapping into the rage and fear of those on the right wing fringe. That is taking the wind out of the sails of all but a couple of the 15 candidates with their hats in the GOP ring.

Can’t say my Clinton theory holds much, if any, water, but Bill Clinton and Donald Trump are smart enough to have come up with it. Genius!
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Louisiana on: Jul 22, 2016, 03:55PM
I think that we have raised for the last several generations of kids that didn't respect the 'control'(authority) in school. They should have learned to respect authority in the school system, but we don't teach it or allow it anymore.

When these kids get out of school, and encounter a police officer in a situation, they behave the way they were taught in school (you don't have to respect authority), and we get these results.

You call it 'control', I call it 'respecting authority'. That's how it was done and the results were a whole lot better than what we're seeing now.

Sadly, "authority" in this country has a very poor record of having "earned" the respect you seem to believe should be unconditional. I have been taught, my entire life, that respect is earned, not granted.
16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: GOP Convention - the gift that keeps giving on: Jul 22, 2016, 01:19PM

*I have often wondered why this movie seems so underappreciated. Sean Connery as the hero and Ralph Richardson as the supreme being, what more could you ask for?

** To gauge how much Trump's ego drives him note that of his "$10 billion" net worth he is valuing his name as a brand, at $3-5 billion. An analysis by Deutsche Bank in 2005 estimated his worth at $750 million.

1) I had no idea Time Bandits had been made into a movie. Thanks for the heads up.

2) that's why it is crucial the Dems start, and keep on, demanding he release his tax returns. Rmoney never did, and it hurt him seriously.
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jul 22, 2016, 01:15PM
Presidential debates are significantly different than primary debates. One on one, Trump will not be able to get away with his bullyiing ignorance. The first time Hillary laughs at one of his responses, and it is inevitable, he will lose it, and the election.
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Louisiana on: Jul 22, 2016, 01:11PM
"Badge muscle" is a problem in any and every position where an individual is granted authority over others by their position. I dealt with it regularly among Fire Inspectors I supervised, and have been the the recipient of it from State inspectors in the school my wife and I ran for years. It is only when it is Police badge muscle that is over developed that it becomes physically abusive and potentially life threatening, but it is an all too common malady of people in positions of authority.
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jul 22, 2016, 06:23AM
Actually, there were presidential nominees in attendance. Not all of them though.

Well, one out of three potential nominee attendees. Nice catch, and my bad. Too late to change it unlless my editor catches it.
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jul 22, 2016, 05:36AM
WOw, this was a busy week in PP! Good to see it. THis week's effort

RNC 2016

It’s official. Donald J. Trump is the nominee of the GOP to run in the upcoming election. Four days of fact and content free, reality TV “Fear and Loathing” (with apologies to Hunter Thompson) at the RNC Convention in Cleveland ended with “The Donald” giving a long-winded, meandering acceptance speech filled with the same spin, misinformation, and out-right lies that characterized the entirety of the event.

During the convention there were two overarching “themes” that permeated every aspect of the activities and speeches of the attendees. Neither “theme” had anything to do with moving this country forward or solving the problems we, as a nation, face. The first of these “themes” was “FEAR”.

Attendees were warned again and again to be afraid. Be very afraid. Afraid of immigrants. Afraid of refugees. Afraid of Muslims. Afraid of Black Lives Matter. Afraid of Hillary Clinton. Afraid of their very shadows it would seem.

The second overarching “theme” in Cleveland was “LOATHING” of Hillary Clinton. Every disproven, manufactured “scandal” created by the witch hunts, kangaroo courts, and tin-foil hat conspiracies the right has thrown at the Clintons over the last quarter century was brought out and paraded around the arena as if they were reality rather than the wishful thinking they have been proven to be.

One theme the convention reached for, but didn’t come within a mile of, was the sense of a party unifying in support of their candidate. Possibly the single most notable aspect of the convention was who wasn’t there. No former Presidents, no former Nominees of the party, no Governor of the host State, no major GOP politicians other than the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority leader, who had to attend.

This convention was fragmented with strife. Sen. Ted Cruz finally unified the delegates in attendance by refusing to endorse “The Donald”. Instead, he urged delegates to “vote their conscience”.

There were two notable speeches. Ivanka Trump’s introduction of her father was a heartfelt, and moving tribute. If only the reality of “The Donald” matched her romanticized image of him.

The other was by Rudy Giuliani. He spent his time ranting about the aforementioned disproven tin-foil hat conspiracies aimed at Clinton, working himself up to a frothing at the mouth finale. At the end, he yelled to the crowd, “ARE WE CRAZY?” To which they roared back, “YES, WE ARE”.

And, there, you have it.

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